An Entrepreneurial Genius: My Dad

If you’ve eaten at a Shari’s you’ve experienced the entrepreneurial genius of my dad.

Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness Delivers

A few months back I received an advanced copy of Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness. I try to only read books that come highly recommended by someone I trust or ones written by individuals I respect in the business world. There are just too many books being written to try and wade through the junk to find the gold.

Two years since: looking back on my Twitter anniversary

Today it has been two years since I started using Twitter. As I started to reflect on what it has meant to me, I realized I could not single out simple descriptions.To me it is like asking what does the telephone do for you. So rather than make a long list I’d like to ask you about the good, (if you know me, you know I love using the tool) and the bad. Tell me your stories. I had no idea where it would have taken me two years later.  If you want to know when you joined ( as well as the odd thing you first said ) then go to

Surprised by HARO: help a reporter & a friend out

When I first heard about or HARO for short, I thought it might be a good service to check out for the brand communities I work with. What surprised me is what resulted after using it for a week. I found myself sending multiple story leads to friends in my network. I had signed up to find ways to promote my brands, but more than anything, it has turned out to be a valuable tool for my network.

Can you leverage world change?

We need our innovators, our big thinkers and experts in business, medicine, arts and every other sector of our society to take it upon themselves and change things. A nano-program is a great way to start. Can we afford to leave it up to our institutions to do it for us?

Move along, nothing to see here: what is your response to free promotion?

The businesses and connections in my network throughout the country are thrilled if you share their link, take a picture, leave a review (good or bad). They see it as free and sharable promotion. How wold you or your employees react if given the same opportunity?

The necessary all call: go ahead and use it

Yes “all calls” are annoying, when we can’t filter them out. We live near a car parts lot, and every day they used to make loud announcements from the classic horn. This became intrusive, if you were anywhere outside your house. I have not noticed it for a long time. It may be that I have just filtered it out.

Reengaging in conversation: It is still there, you’ve just lost it

Over the last few weeks I have seen noticeable drop in conversations on Twitter. At first I thought it was because people were not engaging as much. A few friends began to comment about the same issue. I began to wonder if it was not the result of us not engaging others first. After all, if we go to a party no one will talk back if all we do is listen to dozens of conversations and never engage.

iPad experience for community leaders: Better with each new discovery

Like many, I have been researching the iPad on it’s rumor filled journey to debut. As a web technology and community professional, I have been looking forward to the iPad to supplement my other productivity tools. I was not prepared for what the iPad would offer.

Chatting with Hemingway in your study..?

A few years ago authors never would have dreamed of interacting with readers outside of book tours, signings and readings. Now authors and readers are communicating via many formats.

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